This week's project is a link to my brand new etsy site! A few friends have been encouraging me to set one of these up for a while now so I figured, why not just do it! I've called my little online store jhprojects www.etsy.com/ca/shop/jhprojects?ref=hdr_shop_menu. If you want anything or custom stuff, hit me up!
Today's project is a few weeks in the making. It is a small book that I designed that is a collection of photos from the last year. I made one of these books last year to commemorate our move to Toronto from Montreal, my pregnancy, and Anouk's birth and first few months. This one picks up where the last one ended. In this digital world, where every photo is ephemeral, it is so nice to have a hard copy to hold in your hands. For a video version see my instagram - https://www.instagram.com/p/BNskaD6hk4bB_WjzUwQM_Glf4YdYwHuAZrrP2g0/?tagged=ayearofmake2016 #ayearofmake2016#artistresidencyinmotherhood
This week's work is a small watercolour sketch on wood panel. I call this piece, Iceberg #11. It is part of an ongoing series of works where I have been exploring the shape of icebergs. I like the organic shapes and soft colours.
I went to Montreal for a visit last week and saw a whole bunch of great exhibitions. Here are a few images of great things I saw.
So, it's Tuesday, I'm supposed to post an image of something I've made but all my projects are in progress and scattered on my studio desk. This is a good sign that things are moving forward in many ways all at once. Too much life happening this week I guess.
Week 3: I call this weeks' project The Modernist Mobile. I've made a few of these mobiles before but this one is much smaller in scale and a bit more minimal in design. The structure is light enough that it gently sways in the drafts of any room (especially if you live in an old drafty house like we do!) - see previous video post for an example #artistresidencyinmotherhood #ayearofmake2016
I also finished making this smock tunic dress for myself. This is the first time i've made clothes by using a pattern. Pretty fun, the possibilities are endless and of course, the dress has pockets!
During the 2nd week of my residency I also attended two art events. The first was a tour around Art Toronto, the annual contemporary art and artist book fair at the convention centre in downtown Toronto http://www.arttoronto.ca/ It is always interesting to go to this event and have a look at what kind of work contemporary artwork galleries are trying to sell on the Canadian art market. I have been lucky enough to get free tickets for the last 3 years and I am always intrigued by the variety of work on display. Because of the focus on art as commodities, this is a strange place for artists who mainly thinks of their work as a project of ideas. In order to survive though, we need to consider this part of our practice and it is a shame that a focus on the realities of the art market or of making a livelihood as an artist aren't often discussed in the art school context.
I also attended the First Thursday event at the Art Gallery of Ontario, https://www.ago.net/firstthursdays . It is an unusual way to visit a gallery as there is basically a party happening all around you so it is much less of a contemplative space than I am accustomed to. However, the gallery space is also activated in new ways that I are engaging in new ways. We attended a nice little talk by Brian Hunter, a fellow Winnipeger and the 2016 RBC painting competition winner as well as an interesting nude performance that was obviously inspired by Marina Abramovic type of works but in a way that took itself less seriously. Here are a few images of paintings and sculptures that caught my eye.
I have signed myself up for a self-imposed artist residency. One of my main rules is that I make something every week and that I will post an image of it every Tuesday for the next year. My goal is to make without judgement, to develop a new body of work and to learn new skills.